TV Picks of the Week – By Lisa Jewell
Our top TV picks for the week ahead
Documentary – Colombia with Simon Reeve
Wednesday 19 April, 10pm, BBC Four
Simon Reeve’s travelogues are always well researched and pick out interesting characters to interview. This time, the journalist heads to Colombia. It’s known for its beautiful scenery and also because for the past 50 years, it’s been host to a brutal civil war that’s killed more than 200,000 people and displaced seven million. In late 2016, a peace deal was agreed when FARC promised to lay down arms.
Reeve travels into the jungle to meet with FARC and discovers more about right wing paramilitary groups that dominate the cocaine trade and are seen as being likely successors to FARC’s power.
Documentary – Robert Shaw – Jaws, Deoch agus Deora
Saturday 22 April, 8.45pm, TG4
Repeat showing of this Irish made documentary which profiles accomplished actor and writer Robert Shaw. The Englishman began his career in theatre and went on to show his acting range in films including From Russia With Love, The Sting and A Man for All Seasons.
One of his later performances – as shark obsessed captain Quint in Jaws – became one of his most remembered. He passed away three years after the filming of Jaws – while driving to his adopted home of Toormakeady, Co Mayo.
Film – The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad
An oldie but a goodie – the 1988 madcap comedy stars Leslie Nielsen as Lt. Frank Drebin, allegedly one of the LAPD’s finest police minds. He investigates a plot to kill Queen Elizabeth II who is on a state visit to the US and along the way, he falls in love with the main suspect’s assistant, played by Priscilla Presley. The cast also includes George Kennedy and OJ Simpson. The comedy is incredibly slapstick and the jokes are sometimes very obvious, but that’s what makes it such a funny film.